In maximum security jail since 2019
Assange has been held in Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison since his arrest in April 2019. Prior to that, he had escaped law enforcement for several years at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. They initially searched for her in Sweden because of rape allegations. However, these charges were later dropped due to lack of evidence.
It is still unclear whether the 50-year-old will actually be extradited. According to his supporters, the legal recourse is not yet exhausted. “We will take legal action. The next appeal will be before the High Court. We will fight and shout loudly in the streets,” the WikiLeaks statement said.
The federal government also pointed out that the decision to extradite is still controversial. Deputy government spokesman Kristian Hoffmann said in Berlin: “According to the current state of knowledge, a more legal route is possible.” This will be “very closely monitored”.
“a disastrous sign for the freedom of the press”
The human rights policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Peter Heidt, was surprised that “the British government saw no reason against Assange’s extradition to the United States”. According to a statement, he said, failure to extradite would be “a strong indication of freedom of the press”. However, he also emphasized that Great Britain and the United States are constitutional states.
The newly established writers’ union Penn Berlin, which made Assange an honorary member, called on the government to proceed: “We urgently urge the federal government to work for his immediate release and grant him political asylum,” it said. said in a statement. , According to the association, Foreign Minister Annalena Barbock campaigned for it last year as a member of the opposition.
The Reporters Without Borders organization spoke of a “disastrous sign for press freedom”. The German Association of Journalists called on the United States to drop the charges. If President Joe Biden condemns Russian war crimes in Ukraine, he should not take excessive legal action against US war crimes investigators.